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'This Side of Night' is suspenseful, thought-provoking

Jul. 15, 2019 9:40 AM EDT

"This Side of Night" (G.P. Putnam's Sons), by J. Todd Scott In Texas' Big Bend country, Sheriff Chris Cherry, the protagonist of J. Todd Scott's previous two novels, may finally have run into more than he and his smattering of small-town peace officers can handle. War between Mexican cartels has broken out again...

Colombian man pleads guilty in US to leading fatal drug ring

Jul. 12, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Colombian national accused of managing an international fentanyl trafficking operation from a Canadian prison has pleaded guilty in federal court. Thirty-eight-year Daniel Vivas Ceron appeared Friday in North Dakota, where the case originated after an 18-year-old Grand Forks resident...

Attorney for ex-presidents in Mexico ordered to stand trial

Jul. 10, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A judge in Mexico on Wednesday ordered a prominent attorney linked to former presidents to stand trial on charges of organized crime and money laundering. A federal official who was not authorized to be quoted by name confirmed the case involves allegations that lawyer Juan Ramon Collado...

Mexican prosecutors arrest prominent lawyer in capital

Jul. 9, 2019 9:40 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican federal prosecutors say they have arrested a prominent lawyer on suspicion of involvement in organized crime and money laundering. A statement from the Attorney General's Office says attorney Juan Ramón Collado was detained Tuesday in an affluent neighborhood of Mexico City...

Texas man pleads guilty in deaths of Kansas fair vendors

Jul. 8, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — A Texas man has pleaded guilty in the deaths of a couple who were killed at a Kansas county fair after one suspect ordered the killings as part of a "carnival mafia" initiation. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt's office said in a news release that Rusty Lee Frasier, 36, of...

Massive police effort leads to steroid busts across Europe

Jul. 8, 2019 2:04 PM EDT

A massive law-enforcement bust across Europe has resulted in the seizure of 24 tons of raw steroid powder and the closure of nine underground labs that produced performance-enhancing drugs and other illegal substances. Europol said Monday that the operation, which included 33 countries and was led by national...

Mexico apologizes for omission, complicity in 2011 massacre

Jun. 27, 2019 9:01 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Top officials apologized publicly Thursday for an infamous 2011 massacre in which drug cartel assassins aided by local police seized and killed dozens or perhaps hundreds of people in the northern town of Allende and disposed of their bodies. Interior Secretary Olga Sánchez Cordero,...

Mexican drug cartel operative pleads guilty in Chicago

Jun. 27, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A high-ranking figure in Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel who answered to now-imprisoned drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has entered a guilty plea at a Chicago federal court. Guadalupe Fernandez Valencia pleaded guilty during a Wednesday hearing to narcotics trafficking and money laundering...

Toxic mix of gangs, vigilantes fuels rising Mexican violence

Jun. 21, 2019 12:08 AM EDT

XALTIANGUIS, Mexico (AP) — What now passes for the law in Xaltianguis, a little town on the road to Acapulco, arrived with a car bomb and butchery. A heavily armed vigilante force took over the town in the Mexican state of Guerrero last month by driving out a rival band, blowing up a car with gas cylinders...

24 kilos of drugs, 14 arrested in major drug ring takedown

Jun. 20, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Authorities arrested 14 people and seized more than 24 kilograms (53 pounds) of fentanyl, heroin and cocaine as a result of a two-year drug trafficking investigation, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said Thursday. It's the biggest takedown of a major opioid trafficking operation...